I still own the original copy of the book that made me sit back and say "Wow!". I want to do that some day; write a book that totally transports the reader. The book was Captive Bride by Johanna Lindsey, published in 1977. I'm sure most writers have a similar story.
It was years later, with the help of RWA amd my attendance at workshops by such notable authors as Jayne Ann Krentz, that I learned why the book had such a "Wow" factor for me.
At its core were Universal Themese and Fantasies that resonated with me. A sheik. A kidnapping. A bride. From there I learned to recognize other fantasies I've incorporated into my own writing. I use the 'Marriage of Convenience' in CALLIE'S HONOR, GRACE'S FOLLY, and DELIVER ME.
Isolation (and can't keep their hands off each other) plays a key role in TABOO, UNMASKED, and ACT OF SURRENDER. Cowboys are prevalent in many of my books, even the modern day cowboy in his leather chaps who is riding a Harley instead of a horse in NO HOLDING BACK.
Paranormals are fun to read, but I leave the creation of Vanpires, Dragons and Shapeshifters to authors who do it better than I ever could.
'Wounded Hero on the Run' was my theme for DELIVER ME, topped off with a 'Marriage of Convenience' and a good dose of suspense. I like the 'Bodyguard Fantasy', particularly turned upside down with her guarding him, 'Secret Babies' have long been popular. As is the 'Reunion
with The Old Flame From The Past', which I used in WICKED NIGHT GAMES.
And so it goes. At one point I read a lot of time travel, which helped kindle a time-travel begging to be told. I'm envisioning a proud Scottish Warrior arriving suddenly in modern day times, an idea further fueled by a recent trip to Scotland.
What are some of your favorite fantasies to explore between the pages?
Which books have your "wow" factor?